Age Discrimination

There are many stereotypes about older people in the workplace and it is important to remember that employers are not allowed to rely on them when making workplace decisions. A number of state and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and applicants based on age.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA’s and FEHA’s protections apply to both employees and job applicants. It is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on age or for filing an age discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under the ADEA or FEHA.

Our attorneys have handled numerous age discrimination cases throughout Humboldt County. We have prosecuted and defended employment discrimination claims and are prepared to take your case through trial. There are specific limitation periods that apply to age discrimination cases and you should therefore contact our office immediately if you have questions regarding a potential age discrimination case.